Asassin’s Creed Chronicles has been expanded to be a trilogy, Ubisoft has announced.
The first episode, China, was previously announced as part of the publisher’s DLC plans for Assassin’s Creed Unity – before technical problems and a bit of a backlash from gamers saw the publisher cancelling that game’s planned Season Pass, and announcing that all previously-announced DLC would be released for free to Season Pass holders.
While China will be free to previous holders of the Unity season pass, the other two will need to be paid for. The following two episodes will be set in India and Russia, and each will focus on a different assassin and feature a different aesthetic.
China is set during the Ming Dynasty. You’ll play as Shao Jun, who first cropped up in the animated Assassin’s Creed Embers film:
India will center on Arbaaz Mir – previously seen in the graphic novel Assassin’s Creed: Brahman – and take place in 1841, with visuals styled to represent pencil lines, newspaper print and lotus flowers:
Russia, meanwhile, takes place during 1918 after the Russian Revolution and has you playing as Nikolai Orelov, from the graphic novels Assassin’s Creed: The Fall and The Chain. Russia‘s visuals are designed to evoke the early monochrome photography of the time, as well as propaganda posters.
All three episodes feature the same style of 2.5d gameplay, and will focus heavily on stealth. You’ll have access to hidden blades and ranged weaponry, but the focus will be very much on stealthily taking down opponents, instead of engaging in open confrontation.
You can expect to see Assassin’s Creed: Chronicles China drop on PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and PC on April 21st in the Americas and in Europe the following day on April 22nd. As for the other two installments, India and China will launch sometime in the Autumn. Each episode will be released for $10.00. Those who purchased the Assassin Creed Unity season pass can download China for free, however.
Assassin’s Creed Unity was a big disappointment upon its release last year – especially after the excellent Black Flag in 2013. Dale gave Unity a disappointing 6/10, citing technical problems, a dull protagonist and an over-reliance on collectibles. “The overwhelming feeling with Unity is that of a franchise increasingly existing solely at the behest of a board of shareholders, rather than one created for the joy of creation,” he wrote in his Assassin’s Creed: Unity Review.
Ubisoft released a launch trailer for the series, which you can watch below.